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Khalid Mohamed sacked
Posted/Updated Thursday, Jan 29 22:41:22, 2009
The latest in a string of senior editorial departures is Khalid Mohamed, the senior film critic and writer at Hindustan Times. Mohamed was fired from the post of national culture editor. He had anchored the entertainment pages of the daily from Mumbai and was responsible for the section called HT Cafe.
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